Last month, O2 announced it was planning to release by the end of this year a replacement for the xda, its wireless handheld that runs the Pocket PC Phone Edition. However, at that time it declined to release any pictures. Now, a German web site has some additional information on this device, and numerous pictures.
The XDA-Zone pictures show that the xda II will be physically similar to the current one. However, unlike its predecessor, it doesn’t need an external antenna. The new version is slightly thicker and has two additional buttons: one for the voice recorder and one for the built-in camera.
This camera will be able to take pictures up to 640×480 pixels. The lens is in the middle of the back.
In addition, XDA-Zone shows that the xda II displays the status of two batteries. Unfortunately, no definite information is available about this device’s battery life, though O2 has said the new model will offer improved talk and standby time when compared with the current version.
This is not the first time pictures of this device have leaked out, though these are the best images so far.
The xda II will offer numerous features not in the original version, like Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.
The new device will run the Phone Edition of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC on a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor. It will have 64 MB of RAM and an SD slot.
The xda II will run on GSM/GPRS wireless networks. It will be a tri-band device, capable of being used worldwide. Like its predecessor, it will offer both voice and data capabilities and have full multimedia messaging. Users will be able to make and receive calls while online.
The xda II will be available in the UK, Germany, and Ireland before Christmas 2003. The xda is offered in the U.S. as the T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone. It is not yet known if T-Mobile or any other company will also offer the xda II.
Thanks to jpzr of msmobiles.com for the tip.